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Book Review: She Deserves Better

By: Mikaela Bell | September 14, 2023

After finishing their survey and best-selling book The Great Sex Rescue, testing popular Christian teachings about marriage and sex and empirically demonstrating the harm caused by patriarchal messages, co-authors Sheila Wray Gregoire, Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach, and Joanna Sawatsky received many inquiries from parents of young girls. These mothers (and fathers) wanted to know how they [...]

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Authority to Cover Her Head: The Liberating Message of 1 Corinthians 11:3–16

By: Juliann Bullock | August 7, 2023

Read within its cultural context, 1 Corinthians 11:3–16 grants women a position of freedom and honor within the church.  

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Women Are People, Too

By: Mallory Ellington | September 5, 2022

The church all too often slants discussions of porn toward men’s struggles. But women also struggle. Ignoring this reality harms women—they are othered and do not have adequate resources to help them find freedom.

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Preaching Porneia

By: Kyle Norman | September 5, 2022

Far too often, the church has preached a narrow view of sexual immorality, singling out things like homosexuality and pre-marital sex while ignoring or downplaying the everyday instances of lust that we all face.

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Why the Church Needs to Talk about Miscarriage

By: Ciera Horton McElroy | May 5, 2021

The odds are high that there are women in every church congregation who have experienced miscarriage. A church that supports women’s equality needs to be vocal about women’s embodied experience, including miscarriage

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In Vain Pursuit: How Courtship Culture Trained Us to Disregard Consent

By: Whitney Evans Harrison | April 28, 2021

Whether we realize it, the vestiges of courtship culture continue to loom large in many Christian communities, even egalitarian ones. What will it take for us to see equality as romantic? 

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My Body Kept Score: What Purity Culture Didn’t Know about Trauma

By: Becca De Souza | January 27, 2021

This article focuses on a little-discussed, negative effect of American Christian purity culture on women. Purity culture conditions women to not trust their body. This conditioning can negatively affect women’s bodily response when they experience physical trauma.

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Proving My Virginity: Deuteronomy, Pap Smears, and the Hymen Myth

By: Christine Woolgar | September 23, 2020

I know that lack of sex and consent education harmed my husband’s and my sex life in the early years of our marriage. But as I look back, I realize that’s only one side of the coin. The other was biblical illiteracy.

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Risky Business: Being Female At An Evangelical University

By: Rachel Asproth | September 5, 2019

Female students at my evangelical university experienced both misogyny and racism. We were asked to conform to impossible standards. And we are not the only ones to struggle against injustice in the classroom. Women and girls all over the world face bias in school. From primary school to undergraduate to seminary, the system is not [...]

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Modesty, a Fairytale Witch, and Growing Up Dangerous

By: Chesna Hinkley | September 5, 2019

Anxiously regulating what girls wear is not going to make this world better. But raising thoughtful people will. I believe God wants something better for us than fairytale witches and sexist dress codes.

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